Why don’t people downsize, cut back on work, and spend more time in leisure? By the standards of yesteryear, many people could earn the necessities of life without working full time.
One reason is that what was once considered luxurious comes to seem necessitous. Things climb up the necessity scale.
Pew Research asked (in 2006) whether a range of 14 consumer items are luxuries or necessities. Over time, all climbed up the necessity scale from luxury to needed. The biggest climber of all: the cell phone.
Here‘s the result.